GOP and Sheriffs blast bail reform

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ALBANY, NY – Republicans in New York State continue to express concerns over the new bail reform law that will go into effect in January.

NewsChannel 34’s Corina Cappabianca has more with Senate Minority Leader Flanagan and the New York State Sheriffs’ Association.

<((John Flanagan, NYS Senate Minority Leader))
At the end of the day, we don’t believe these changes in the law are going to keep people safer.

As we get closer to the official implementation of the new bail reform laws those in law enforcement continue to speak out against the changes.

((Richard Giardino, Fulton County Sheriff))
If you come home and you catch somebody in your home, call 9-11 and we catch them coming out of your home with your property and arrest them, it’s a C violent felony, but the way the law is written we have to give them an appearance ticket in most cases.

And, he argues the discovery reforms will put a strain on counties.

((Richard Giardino, Fulton County Sheriff))
To us this is an unfunded mandate. I have a small department of 19 roll patrol officers. I currently have in preparation for this a sergeant and a captain gathering the videotapes, gathering the documents and gathering the 9-11 calls.

Meanwhile a Senate Majority spokesperson says the “Republicans in Albany” are “fear mongering.”

In a statement he says:”… the reality all these reforms will save taxpayer money, improve monitoring and oversight for suspects of low-level crimes, protect New Yorkers’ rights, and keep our communities safe.”

((Richard Giardino, Fulton County Sheriff))
Sheriffs I’ve spoken with, the DA’s I’ve spoken with and the chiefs all agree that we need reform for bail and discovery, but everybody wants it to be reasonable reform and reasonable means don’t shove it on us that we have to have everything done at the same time.

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